What to Expect
We are here to help you through labor according to the way you want your birth experience to be and to assist your doctor or midwife in the delivery of your baby. We put mothers, babies and their families first and emphasize keeping mothers and their babies together as much as possible, starting with the moment your baby is born.
Our nursery is a Level II Nursery, as defined in the guidelines for perinatal care through the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is designed to meet the needs of premature infants and infants with other special care needs.
When you arrive
When you arrive at the Women & Infant Services birthing center, we will begin monitoring you and your baby closely. Our advanced wireless technology allows you to be up and about during labor. So we encourage you to walk the halls, listen to music, use an exercise ball, sit in a whirlpool tub, or engage in any activity that calms, relaxes and comforts you.
Throughout your labor and delivery, you will be in one of our six spacious and private labor-delivery-recovery rooms. Each room is equipped with a birthing bed that converts into a delivery bed. If a Cesarean birth becomes necessary, we will move you a few doors down the hall to a specially equipped delivery room.
After you give birth
After your baby is born, you will be transferred to a comfortable, quiet, private postpartum room for the remainder of your stay.
There will be a sofa-sleeper in your room and siblings are welcome to stay overnight. Seven of our postpartum rooms feature full-sized “family beds,” designed to provide a more home-like atmosphere.
Caring for you and baby
We offer mother-baby care, which means the same nurse who cares for you will provide care for your baby as well.
Comfort, quiet and rest
We encourage you to keep your newborn with you at all times so that you can familiarize yourself with your newborn's feeding cues.
Cherishing the moments
All our assessments are conducted right in your delivery room so you can maximize this special time together. Everything we need to do will be performed right in front of you. (If special intensive care is needed, we may move your baby to our Level II nursery.)
While you are with us
We will care for you, while we prepare you to take care of your new baby. Every nurse in our Women & Infant Services department is cross-trained in the specialties of labor and delivery, mother-baby care, Level II special care nursing and cesarean-section recovery. They are here to offer you the best care and answer any questions you have about your care or the care of your newborn. Lactation consultants are also on hand to help with any nursing questions or concerns you may have.
This is a joyous occasion for your family and we want to help you celebrate. To celebrate each new life here at Sacred Heart Hospital, Brahms’ “Lullaby” is played over the hospital’s loudspeaker system, a tradition that dates back many years. We also enjoy helping you welcome your newborn by providing you and your partner with a special celebratory meal. And we like to give your baby a good start with the gift of a sleep sack.
In addition, our “Growing Family Web Nursery (link broken)” allows family members and loved ones to view and order copies of your baby’s first photo online.
When you are in your labor room, you may have visitors as you desire. For safety and privacy reasons, we ask that visitors not linger in the hallways. If visitors are not in your room, we ask that they use the lounge. After you deliver, your visitors may come anytime. Mention to prospective visitors that anyone with a cold, cold sore, flu or other contagious illness will not be allowed to visit you or your baby.
Although every pregnancy and patient is unique, our total cesarean section rate is consistently below national norms. This is a measure that reflects our medical staff and midwives’ careful management of labor and risk factor considerations. STABLE instructors have taught our staff how to stabilize critical infants for transfer or to stay in our specialized Level II nursery. A neonatal resuscitation program is part of the training for our nurses, our staff and all doctors, anesthetists, and respiratory therapists at the hospital. Our nurses and staff also practice the most up-to-date and electronic fetal monitoring techniques.
Frequently asked questions
You probably have a million questions. Below is a list of those we are asked most frequently. We encourage you to call us at 715.717.4156 with any additional questions you may have now or as your due date gets closer.
Who can I call to determine if I’m in labor or when I should come in?
Because we are not able to give medical advice over the phone, we ask you to contact your doctor or midwife.
What should I bring with me?
We recommend the following:
- Cameras, chargers and extra batteries
- Warm socks, slippers and a robe
- Nursing bras
- A copy of your birth plan
- Lip balm
- Snack for your coach
- A call list and calling card (or cell phone and charger)
- Birth announcements
- A homecoming outfit for baby
- An inspected infant car seat
Where should I park?
Free parking is available in the main hospital lot.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Make arrangements for someone to take care of your pets, bring in the mail, pick up the newspaper and handle other household tasks while you are in the hospital.
- Have your baby’s car seat inspected and installed before you come to the hospital.
- Be aware that no latex balloons are allowed in the hospital.
- Mention to prospective visitors that anyone with a cold, cold sore, flu or other contagious illness will not be allowed to visit you or your baby.